Auditions for the Cougarettes will be held Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Auditions are open to incoming freshman, transfer students, and current BYU students. Auditioners will be taught the material that they will audition with as well as demonstrate a turn combination that they have prepared for the audition.
*PLEASE NOTE: Online Application - YOU MUST REGISTER BY 9PM ON FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE AUDITION!! LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
You MUST have been accepted to BYU in order to audition and to be considered for the team - prior to the Audition date (NO exceptions).
This year's Cougarette Auditions will take place at 177 RB on the BYU Campus from 8am-6pm. (For directions please visit map.byu.edu to view a campus map.)
Registration will begin in the main hallway of the Richards Bldg @ 7:00am Candidates must also provide proof of a recent physical. You MUST provide proof of a current physical exam within the past 3 months at the audition. Please download the necessary form below to be completed by your physician.
Please wear modest dance attire (no bare midriffs) with a comfortable jazz shoe or other appropriate footwear. Please fillout the Online Application.You MUST provide us with 2 references including phone numbers of individuals who have trained or worked with you in a dance team capacity(Mailed letters must be in our office by 4pm Friday, the day before auditions). There will be a $30 cash ONLY audition fee.
*Please arrive before 7:30am in order to complete the Registration portion of the Audition. If you arrive late you may miss the warm-up and introduction.
**PLAN ON BRINGING LUNCH AND A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU. Those who make it through 1st and 2nd cuts will have short break for lunch.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Cougarette auditions run like a master class. You will be asked to go across the floor with several combinations where judges will be assessing your technique and abilities. Across the floor combinations will include but are not limited to: kicks, leaps (switch, grande' jetes, back, side, and tilt), and turns (you must be able to do a quad pirouette).
If you are selected from this first part of the audition, you will be asked to stay and learn other dance combinations. Combinations will incorporate lyrical/contemporary/jazz and hip hop.
The field will be narrowed down and the group of finalists will be asked to SHOWCASE A 1 (one) Minute routine to music that wil be provided on this site and stay for an Interview (In appropriate Interview attire) We are looking for advanced/elite level technique, ability, stage presence, professionalism and someone who captures the Cougarette style.
Judges Decisions are FINAL
We will not discuss judges decisions following Auditions.
Scholarship money will go to team members only. Scholarships are based upon Seniority and Leadership. Each member of the Cougarettes will receive some financial assistance.
**The Cougarettes are an Elite Competitive Dance Team. Auditioners should keep this in mind as they audition for a spot on this team. Those selected for the team are not guaranteed spots in Nationals routines. Those will be determined through skill proficiency and an audition.
Each Dancer who makes it to the final round of Auditions will be required to SHOWCASE a Solo Routine choreographed to music that will be provided on YouTube. Type in "2017 BYU Cougarette Audition Music" (Song title is 'Anywhere' by Dillion Francis - edited for auditions)
Each Dancer who makes it to the final round of Auditions will be required to present an Advanced level turn combination of 4 sets of 8 including Fouette Turns, ala seconde, other various advanced level turns to generic Music. Demonstrating Dificulty, Control AND Consistency.
You will also be required to demonstrate flexibility through sitting in a flat split position, needle scale/panche's, leg hold turns, leg tilt, and tumbling skils. **THESE MAY BE incorporated into your turn combination. However your turn combo MUST BE 75% TURNS!!
***Each candidate desiring a position on the 2018-19 team MUST be able to do BOTH a Right and a Left Side Aerial Cartwheel as well as a front headspring to a standing position and a Kip up from the floor.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jodi Maxfield at (801) 422-3271. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judges Decisions are FINAL
We will not discuss judges decisions following tryouts.
Please bring the following
Online Application - YOU MUST REGISTER BY 9PM ON FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE AUDITION!!
LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Please fill out the online application: - ATTACH YOUR RESUME' IN PDF Format rather than as a DOC
Letters of Recommendation
We must have your recommendations in our office by 4pm Friday, the day before auditions! Letter may be Emailed to email@example.com *Recommendations MUST be from those who have worked with you in a Dance capacity. MAKE SURE YOUR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION IS IN A PDF FORMAT!!